Mokins Bay Campground is located near the eastern shore of Hayden Lake in northwest Idaho. Its picturesque setting in the northwest portion of the Bitterroot Mountain range, known as the Coeur d'Alene mountains, creates solitude in a forested setting at this campground. The lake is a 10 minute walk from the campground.
Fishing is popular in the surrounding lakes and streams, and cutthroat trout and large and small-mouth bass are the most common catches. Power boating and other water sports are also popular activities.
Drinking water, grills, paved parking spurs and vault toilets are among the amenities at Mokins. A horseshoe pit is also onsite. Access to campground is on a gravel road.
The small campground is surrounded by a heavy canopy of pines. Wildflowers like trillium and buttercups thrive in the springtime, creating a stunning backdrop for campers.
Hayden Lake boasts a 40-mile shoreline with a surface area of 3,800 acres. The lake was formed by the Missoula Floods that occurred nearly 15,000 years ago, at the end of the last ice age.
The town of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho is 21 miles away, and offers several tourist attractions, as well as restaurants, gas and groceries.
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Mokins Bay Campground is located on Hayden Lake. We camped here June 2016. This campground has vault toilets, although very clean. They have potable water and buckets to use for putting out your camp fires nightly. There is a little bit of hiking area right close, but the groundskeeper said to not swim in the area around the camp. This part of the lake is used for fishing so there are lots of lures and hooks in the water, not safe. There really was no beach area for swimming here either and the camp DOESN'T sit right on the lake.
This is a great mid-week spot. We camped on a Wednesday in late June and there were only two other spots occupied and it was fantastic. We did notice that almost every spot was reserved for the coming weekend. Even if there were lots of other campers the sites around the outside of the loop have lots of trees and brush separating them offering decent privacy. The spots are quite sizeable with multiple options for tent location. We selected site 12 because the trail to the overlook and down to Hayden Lake runs right next to it. The trees are fantastic and their interwoven canopy offer near constant shade. One nice feature we had never experienced was the gigantic picnic table – you can really spread out on this thing!
Access to the lake is super easy, although it does involve a steep section of trail. We took the paddleboard down to the water and had fun watching all the fish dart away from us. If you are into to fishing there are plenty of good spots accessible from the campground.
Overall this is a very nice spot, especially if you are going to utilize the lake for recreation of any sort.
Product Review: Primus Firehole 100 Camp Stove
As a Ranger for The Dyrt, I get products to test from time to time – on this trip I tested the Primus Firehole 100 Camp Stove.
This stove has some nice features – namely it’s super easy set up and compact shape and size for transport. The recessed knobs help with it’s packability for sure.
The key feature I enjoy is the integrated flexible fuel line that stores compactly under the stove and pops out easily for super quick set up. The little magnets on the side panels used to hold up the wind screen are great and add to the intuitive and fast set up.
Most importantly – the flame is even and has quite a range from super low for simmering all the way to high output for fast boiling. The only real drawback was that the twist-click igniter did not work every single time, but I’ve never run into one that does and this one always caught eventually.
I am overall very pleased with this stove’s performance.